Before and After: The Greystone Mansion Library

At the Titans of Business and the Best Design Show House event at Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion this month, interior designers look to accomplished clients and iconic entrepreneurs from the entertainment, fashion, finance, and tech worlds as muses for their transformations of the Tudor-style residence's stately rooms. Our resident editor-at-large and interior designer Estee Stanley paired up with fellow accomplished interior designer Suzanne Furst to re-envision the estate's bookcase-filled library with renowned land developer Michael S. Meldman as inspiration. "Michael is a client of mine, and I have designed several of this homes through the years," says Stanley. "Because he's a real estate developer with a passion for design, I thought using him as our inspiration would be a perfect fit. Michael has impeccable taste, and we kept his style, likes, and aesthetic in mind throughout every step of the design process." Read on for how the designers translated Michael's signature style into the show house library.


With the goal of making the space feel "warm, cozy, and lived-in," as well as prêt for entertaining, the design duo divided the space into two informal seating areas with low-slung pieces, including a black leather chair by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues and a cream linen sofa from Brenda Antin. "Michael likes a lot of seating options and areas for conversation, so we made sure to include comfy sofas, chairs, and ottomans that really invite you to sit down and make yourself comfortable," says Stanley.


As Meldman is somewhat of a preservationist, it was important to the designers to maintain the room's original character. "Apart from furnishings and a bit of paint and wallpaper, we didn't want to compromise the integrity or authenticity of the library," she says. "We kept all of the original bookshelves intact and just gave them a fresh update with pure white paint and backing them with a woven, textured wall covering. We tried to keep the historic characteristics while also giving it a comfortable and lived-in appearance, which is exactly what Michael would want."


While many show house designers opt for bespoke pieces, Stanley and Furst decided to shop readymade and antique or vintage pieces, including compass-shaped sconces designed by Blackman Cruz, linear chandeliers from Bourgeois Boheme, a vintage Lucite backgammon table, and vintage antelope and elk taxidermy. "I find that custom pieces often take too long to manufacture, and I prefer a quick turnaround so that my clients get what they desire and need relatively quickly," says Stanley. "I also love seeing things in a space and having options to choose from, so shopping the room was my go-to for this space in particular."

The Greystone Mansion Showcase House is open to the public for viewing in Beverly Hills through Nov. 24 -- find more details here. real-deal
Black Velvet Tufted Couch International Silk & Woolens Vintage Black Leather Chair Sergio Rodriguez Cream Linen and Brass Chair Downtown 20
Cream Couch Brenda Antin Pool Table AAA Billiards Chandeliers Bourgeois Boheme
Moroccan Rug Lawrence of La Brea Star Sconces Blackman Cruz Wallpaper Behind Bookshelves "Naturals in Aspen" #20276-01 Cowtan & Tout


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Vintage Backgammon Table, $5500, 1st Dibs Highwire Chandelier, from $2700, Apparatus Vintage Lucite Bar Cart, $1895, Jayson Home
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Vintage Indian Bone Inlay Chair, $1325, Second Shout Out Trophy Velvet Rack Deer Mount, $950, 1st Dibs Padstow Velvet Chesterfield Sofa, $1237, Lagoon
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James Harrison Wing Chair, $1299, West Elm Vintage Cut Crystal Lighter, $19, Dress Vintage Croco-Grain Leather Desk Pad Set, $234, Desk Pad US 
The Greystone Mansion Showcase House is open to the public for viewing  in Beverly Hills through Nov. 24 -- find more details here.  Photography: Chris Patey